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A Peek Inside Boston's So-Called Monkey Collegenew

At Helping Hands, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit school celebrating its 30th anniversary, monkeys train for two to four years before being matched with people nationwide who've experienced spinal-cord injuries or suffer from muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  10-22-2009  |  Culture

Cartoon: Culling the Herdnew

A judge has ruled that the hunting of wolves may proceed since their population could easily "bounce back" from the "culling" of 30 percent of their population.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-21-2009  |  Cartoons

Dear PETA: What Do You Want from Michael Vick?new

In our society, dog-fighting is illegal. Rightfully so. Also in our society, once a person passes through the justice system and is deemed fit to re-enter, he has the right to earn a living at whatever profession suits his skill. Michael Vick's profession is football.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  E. James Beale  |  08-25-2009  |  Sports

Michael Vick Comes to Phillynew

When the Eagles announced that they signed a one-year-on plus one-year-option contract with convicted animal abuser Michael Vick, networking boards lit up like pinball machines. But will Philadelphians make good on their love of animals? Or is the outrage a little too easy?
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  08-17-2009  |  Sports

Taxidermist Rick Nadeau Has a Lot of Fun With His 'Little Buddies'new

Nadeau specializes in "characters": military squirrels in brightly colored felt berets clutching M16s with lit cigarettes dangling from their lips. There was Secret Squirrel who huddled in a trench coat and fedora, and a fiddler in railroad overalls.
Riverfront Times  |  Aimee Levitt  |  08-14-2009  |  Culture

Jimmy On the Edge of Townnew

A homeless Christian-Muslim from Palestine pitches a tent behind Bed Bath & Beyond in Northridge. Then come the railroad men and feral cat activists.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-31-2009  |  Culture

What the Cluck? Urban Chicken Raising Gets Hipnew

Does simplifying agricultural traditions -- and contracting out the unpleasant aspects of rural life -- make the desire for a slice of the country in the city any less genuine? Most would say no and that it takes more than Google to learn how to properly kill a chicken.
Boise Weekly  |  Tara Morgan  |  07-08-2009  |  Gardening

Turkey Terror Talenew

It was anything by Tom foolery for an alternative journalist attacked by wild turkeys in an historic Brookline, Massachusetts park. Film at 11.
Boston Phoenix  |  Lance Gould and Emily Mello  |  05-14-2009  |  Comedy

Hog Huntin' in Florida's Evergladesnew

As the state moves closer to closing a $1.3 billion deal to buy 181,000 acres of private land — mostly hog habitat — the ancient art -- or horrible slaughter, depending on how you see it -- seems poised to disappear.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  12-29-2008  |  Recreation

To Shmeat or Not to Shmeat: Carcass Consumption vs. Dr. Frankenmeatnew

PETA argues that fake meat has the potential to eliminate the raising of animals for human consumption, while allowing those with a taste for tissue to continue enjoying their favorite meaty delicacies. Sounds like a win/win, but there are obstacles to replacing meat with shmeat, not least of which is widespread distaste at the very thought of a Frankenfurter or test-tube steak.
San Diego CityBeat  |  D.A. Kolodenko  |  12-17-2008  |  Food+Drink

How I Ended Up Taking My Cat in for Acupuncturenew

I've long been someone who sings popular songs to his cat, rewriting the lyrics around "kitty." But now I'm someone whose cat gets acupuncture, which I feel is an order of magnitude more ridiculous.
Willamette Week  |  Ethan Smith  |  12-10-2008  |  Culture

Cut Your Own Meat: Idaho's Underground Lamb Tradenew

It took months, but I eventually found a small sheep operation willing to sell live livestock. One afternoon, I brought a big, fat sheep home and tied it up in my back yard. But there were a few problems: What is the city code on livestock, what to do with the entrails and, almost as important, what would people think?
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  11-25-2008  |  Food+Drink

Vegan Tuesday: Going Animal-Product-Free, One Day at a Timenew

When I decided earlier this year to attempt to become a vegan, I started out with realistic goals. Rather than set myself up for failure by overhauling my kitchen completely, I decided to designate one day a week as a meatless, dairy-free day.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Steve Gdula  |  11-25-2008  |  Food+Drink

Colorado City Debates Allowing Backyard Hens as Interest in Urban Farming Surgesnew

Although it's legal to keep chickens in the city of Boulder and in many other communities along the Front Range and across the country, you're likely to get a citation if you try it in Longmont. But this might soon change, as the city is scrambling to review and perhaps change its codes in response to citizen demand.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-17-2008  |  Food+Drink

Doctor Roadkill: The Natural Religion and X-Ray Art of a Medical Professornew

Roadkill is nature's way of getting intimate and a way for a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina to prove that "anatomy is beautiful."
Charleston City Paper  |  Morrow Dowdle  |  06-19-2008  |  Art

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